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About us

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
We strive to be the best vets in Milton Keynes by providing quality, affordable care to help you give your pet the best health possible. We have five surgeries around the city, including Stoke Road in Bletchley, Whaddon Way in Bletchley, Stony Stratford, Willen and our hospital in Walnut Tree.
Why choose us?
We don’t set financial targets. Our primary focus is the care of your pets, and we really do live by our motto: ‘pets are family’. You can expect a friendly, helpful service from all of our staff.

We only hire the best, so you can be sure your pets will receive excellent care and be in safe hands. As well as general pet care and advice, we offer a wide range of services. Take a look around our website to find out more.  


Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (voluntary) practice standard scheme 
We have partaken in the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (voluntary) practice standard scheme. At Walnut Tree, we have achieved the top status being allowed to call the surgery a Small Animal Hospital. Our branch surgeries are all accredited as Core Practices. We constantly review and upgrade our facilities and equipment to maintain the high quality health care we provide for pets in the region.

24hr Emergency Care
Our Hospital has on-site veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses 24 hours a day including Bank Holidays and weekends. Vets Now (an independent company that specialises in providing veterinary surgeons and nurses trained to deal with critical care cases and emergencies) are responsible for the out of hours care for our patients.

History of the Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
We’re proud to be one of the oldest veterinary practices in Milton Keynes. We started as an almost entirely large animal (i.e. farm animals/horses) practice, but grew and expanded with the city. Our timeline:
  • 1970 – Peter Snook joined Jimmy Fraser and Ken Pitman to develop the small animal (i.e. family pets) side of the practice, which was rapidly developing with the expansion of Milton Keynes.
  • Premises were purchased at Stoke Road in Bletchley (as shown by the photo). This became a thriving small animal veterinary surgery and a veterinary nurse training centre.
  • 1977 – Graham Richmond joined the practice (and became a partner in 1982), with the retirement of Jimmy Fraser. The practice became known as ‘Pitman, Snook & Richmond’. The small animal side of the practice continued to expand as the number of farms in the region decreased whilst the city of Milton Keynes continued to rapidly grow. Graham retired from the Partnership in December 2011.
  • 1983 – Phillip Hanlon arrived in from Australia, and joined the practice initially as an assistant. With the retirement of Ken Pitman in 1989, Philip Hanlon joined the partnership and the practice became known as ‘Snook, Richmond & Associates’.
  • 1990’s – Philip Kilkenny, being a ‘local lad’ from Hanslope, initially gained work experience from the practice whilst being a student. He joined the practice after qualifying as a veterinary surgeon in 1992, shortly to be followed in December 1993 by his wife Debbie Kilkenny. Both Philip and Debbie became partners in 1995.
  • 2002 – We had outgrown the premises at Stoke Road, so a decision was taken to search for a location to build a purpose built Veterinary Hospital. Eventually land was purchased at our site in Walnut Tree, and following months of planning, building work finally commenced.
  • The first Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons approved Veterinary Hospital in Milton Keynes was officially opened in June 2002 by Ken Pitman and Edna Smith.
  • The opening of the new Veterinary Hospital in addition to the retirement of Peter Snook from the Partnership seemed an appropriate time to rename the practice “Milton Keynes Veterinary Group”.
  • 2006 – Rory Burke became a partner. Rory joined the practice as an assistant shortly after qualifying in 1996. He spent several years studying for the Certificate in Small Animal Surgery, which he achieved in 2005.
  • 2010 – Our Walnut Tree hospital became the veterinary nurse training centre for the practice, with Stoke Road still acting as one of our branch surgeries.
  • 2012 – Andre Cilliers became a partner. Andre joined us in 2002, after qualifying as a veterinary surgeon in South Africa. He developed an interest in medical cases and achieved the GP Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2006.
  • Today, we currently work out of four branch surgeries, in addition to the RCVS approved Veterinary Hospital at Walnut Tree.

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